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October 26, 2019, 6:25 AM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Pentagon awards $10B JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft over Amazon  —  Microsoft has emerged victorious in a dramatic competition for public cloud resources for the U.S. Defense Department, beating out market leader Amazon Web Services, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Greg Bensinger / Washington Post:
In leaked video, Sundar Pichai admits at an all-hands that Google is “genuinely struggling” with employee trust as it defends the hiring of former DHS official  —  At company's weekly town hall with employees, executives assail leaks and defend hiring DHS official
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Study: researchers say an algorithm widely used in the US healthcare system to assess medical needs for millions of people is biased against black patients  —  A series of studies argue that by focusing on costs as a proxy for health, risk algorithms are ignoring the racial inequalities in healthcare access.
Sequoia Capital:
Don Valentine, founder of Sequoia Capital, dies at 87  —  Don Valentine, founder of Sequoia Capital and one of the generation of leaders who forged Silicon Valley, died today aged 87 at his home in Woodside, California.  He shaped Sequoia and left his imprint not just on his family and friends …
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Google says it's improving 10% of English searches in the US by using NLP techniques to better understand query context and words' relationship with each other  —  For Google's namesake search engine, delivering the right results is about understanding what people are asking for.
Don Clark / New York Times:
Inside the increasingly urgent discussions between Pentagon and tech industry on how to reduce the growing US dependence on advanced chip manufacturing abroad  —  Talks over how American companies can ensure future supplies of advanced computer chips have taken on more urgency.
Reuters:
AT&T says HBO Max will be available free to the 10M AT&T customers in the US who are also HBO subscribers when it launches in the spring  —  (Reuters) - In the bestselling novel “Circe” — optioned by WarnerMedia for its forthcoming HBO Max streaming service — the daughter …
Atiya / MSPoweruser:
Leaked documentation about Windows 10X shows the OS is designed for both laptops and foldable devices, with the Start Menu being referred to as “Launcher”  —  Microsoft has mostly kept details of Windows 10X- a version of Windows 10 that has been tailored to dual-screen devices- under wraps.
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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Sources: Will.i.am's AI startup i.am+ hasn't paid staff in 7 weeks, is late on tax payments, and its smart home platform Wink stopped working with many devices  —  A stalled deal in Dubai has created problems for i.am+  —  Will.i.am's technology company i.am+ is running out of money …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Minneapolis-based Total Expert, which makes marketing and customer management SaaS tools for banks, raises $52M Series C, bringing its total raised to $86M  —  It's no secret that the art of customer service in the modern era is something that banks desperately need help with.

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